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Forensic Nurse Examiner

Company: Riverside Health System
Location: Newport News
Posted on: November 5, 2018

Job Description:

The Forensic Nurse Examiner (staff nurse) is an advanced unit-based registered nurse who will provide timely non-judgmental compassionate care to include forensic medical assessments photo and written documentation of injuries collects and preserves appropriate forensic evidence while maintaining integrity of chain of custody provides psychological support and offers referrals for follow-up and counseling. The FNE often testifies in the court system as an expert in the field of sexual assault physical violence and neglect. Requires travel to other jurisdictions/ facilities as warranted including other medical facilities courts and detention center environments. The FNE with increasing independence utilizes the nursing process and current clinical knowledge to provide professional nursing care for all forensic patients within the Riverside Health System. The FNEs objective is to provide knowledgeable and caring clinical practice and care coordination through an understanding of patient family nurse and healthcare delivery teams. Utilizes advanced knowledge and experience as a forensic nurse to assess the medicolegal needs of patients collaborate with health team members to coordinate patient care anticipate the outcomes of nursing interventions and set criteria for the quality of patient care. Quality and Best Practice- Serves as an empowering body to influence patient empowerment and successful outcomes of financial and clinical quality through relationships and access-based knowledge. Participates in professional development activities. Provides patient staff and community education and assesses need for and implements unit based activities (quality assessment in-services etc.). Accepts responsibility and accountability for ethical/legal functioning. Provides direction and guidance to others regarding practice. Serves as a resource preceptor and mentor. Demonstrates leadership skills in decision making and problem solving. Riverside began serving the Virginia Peninsula community in 1916. In 1963, Riverside moved to the present 72-acre location in Newport News on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. A 450-bed facility, Riverside Regional Medical Center is the Virginia Peninsulas most comprehensive medical facility combining the most recent computerized medical technology with a healing environment. The Pavilion is a 250,000 sq. ft., $107 million, 3-story addition to Riverside Regional Medical Center, which opened in 2013. This acute care facility provides a regional cancer care center, the Peninsula regions only comprehensive stroke center, the areas only open-heart surgery program, the regions only Level II Trauma Center, and a cornerstone neurosciences program that includes the Chesapeake, Riverside and University of Virginia Radiosurgery Center. Qualifications MSN, BSN, ADN, or nursing diploma required (BSN preferred). Previous nursing experience of one (1) year as an RN required. Trauma, critical care and pediatric experience strongly preferred. Must have broad based knowledge of clinical, psychosocial, and patho/physiological theories relating to nursing diagnosis and treatment. Possesses the ability to perform the range of nursing techniques found in general nursing practice including the unusual and non-routine. Utilizes teaching skills and understanding of group dynamics. Basic computer skills are required. Licensed RN by the State of Virginia or compact state. CPR required. Specialty certification in field highly encouraged. Must attend a 40-hour didactic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Forensic Nurse Training Seminar, successfully complete the written examination and complete all post-training clinical hours satisfactorily within six (6) months of hire or transfer into the role.

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